Hi, I’m calling from Tennessee Public Research at (615) 861-2631 with a short survey about the Metro City Council and the size of government.  During the survey, you can press 9 to repeat any question.

Q1:  The Nashville City Council has 40 members, making it the 3rd largest City Council in America. Do you think that is too many, too few, or just right?

If you think 40 members is too many for the Nashville City Council, press 1.  If it you think it is too few, press 2.  If you think 40 members is just right, press 3.

01: Too Many

02: Too Few  (IF Too Few, skip to Q3)

03: Just Right

Q2A:  IF 01 (Too Many) – What is the primary reason you believe the Council is too big?

If you think it is a waste of money to pay that many salaries and benefits, press 1.  If you think government is too big in general, press 2.  If you think that with so many members, it’s hard to find competent people to run, press 3.  If you think it takes power away from the Council and gives it to the Mayor, press 4.  If it is none of these, or you’re not sure, press 5.

01: Waste of money to pay that many salaries and benefits

02: Government is too big, generally

03: With so many members, it’s hard to find competent people to run

04: It takes power away from the Council and gives it to the Mayor

05: Don’t Know / Refused

Q2B:  IF 03 (Just Right) – What is the primary reason you believe the size of Council is just right?

If it is because you are able to have a personal relationship with your council member, press 1.  If you think smaller Council districts mean better constituent service, press 2.  If you think it has worked fine for 40 years and there is no need to change it, press 3.  If you don’t want your representation to be eroded, press 4.  If it is none of these or you’re not sure, press 5.

        01: I am able to have a personal relationship my council member.

        02: Smaller Council districts mean better constituent service

        03: It has worked fine for 40 years, no need to change it

        04: I don’t want my representation to be eroded

        05: Don’t Know / Refused

Q2C:  IF 02 (Too Few)

Skip to Q3

Q3:  If the number of council members was reduced from 40 to 27 do you think your accessibility to your council member would be greater? Less? Or about the same?

If you think you would have greater access to your council member, press 1.  If you think you would have less access, press 2.  If you think it would stay about the same, press 3.

01: Greater access

        02: Less access

        03: About the Same

Q4:  Nashville City Council members are limited to serving 2 consecutive terms of 4 year each, for a total of 8 consecutive years. Do you think that limit is too long? Too short? About right?

If you think the term limit is too long, press 1.  If you think it is too short, press 2.  If you think it is about right, press 3.  If you’re not sure, press 4.

01: Too Long

02: Too Short

03: Just Right

04: Not sure/none of the above

Q5:  If you could vote on a law that reduced the size of the Nashville City Council, while also increasing the term limits, would you vote yes, no, or are you undecided?

If you would vote yes and reduce the size of the council and let them serve longer terms, press 1.  If you would vote no and keep the council the same size with term limits of 8 consecutive years, press 2.  If you’re not sure, press 3.

01: Yes, reduce the council and let them serve longer than 2 terms

02: No, keep the council the same size and limit their terms to 8 consecutive years

03: Don’t know / Undecided / Need more information

04: Refused / Terminated

Q6:  Are you planning to vote in August, November, or both?

If you are planning to vote in August only, press 1.  If you are planning to vote in November only, press 2.  If you are planning to vote in both August and November, press 3.  If you are not planning to vote in either August or November, press 4.

        01: August only        

        02: November only

        03: Both August and November

        04: Neither August and November

Close:  That completes the survey.  Thank you for your time, goodbye.